Brain Changes due to Sleep Deprivation
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science discovered that a
majority of the neurons in the neocortex, amygdala and hippocampus
which mediate cognitive, emotional and memory functions are
impaired by sleep deprivation. The resulting irritability and impaired
memory, coordination, and concentration can compromise health,
performance and safety. And sleep deprivation has also been linked to
the development of some chronic diseases and disorders, including
diabetes, depression, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this crucial study has
delineated the crucial brain cells and mechanisms underlying sleep
and its impairment. Since both normal and abnormal sleep
deprivation affects millions of individuals, this newfound
understanding opens huge research opportunities for diagnosis,
treatment and prevention. It also helps explain why sleep therapy
alone can be so beneficial for depression and those with ADHD-Like
symptoms and even ADHD.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York
University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of
the Levinson Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York.
He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
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